Book aims to help young lawyers avoid mistakes

By Staff


Andy Hartman, director of the University of Colorado Law School's experiential learning program, has written a new advice book for law students and junior lawyers to help them avoid new attorney's common mistakes.

"The Six-Minute Marathon: A Guide to Life as a Lawyer" crams 40 years of experience into 150 pages and is written in a unique "he said, she said" format. Hartman provides the narrative while commentary is written by Carin Ulrich Stacy, a 20-year veteran lawyer development officer at major national firms and co-founder, along with Professor William Henderson of the Indiana University, of LawyerMetrics, a highly touted professional development consulting firm.

The book is available at It fills the gap between the highly doctrinal legal education and what students need to know about actual practice. Hartman should know: For more than five years, he was in charge of all junior associate reviews for Cooley LLP, a 500+ AmLaw 100 firm, where he also was partner for 10 years.

The book covers everything from interviews to performance, from graceful exits to partnership prospects. Hartman and Stacy provide case studies on personalities and direct advice. The book covers serious topics such as teamwork, management and reviews as well as firm parties, cars and fashion.